"Forest Blood tells the story of Jack Gilliam, a third generation logger who becomes the Northwest timber war's first world-famous casualty and then its most coveted pawn, as timber companies, environmental protestors, cut-throat news reporters and self-serving politicians (from County Commissioners to President Clinton) race one another to profit from his tragedy...Jeff Golden is an accomplished and polished wordsmith able to grip the reader's attention in a literary vise that will not let go until the last word on the last page of this outstanding contemporary novel."
The Midwest Book Review
Come see for yourself: summary information, and all of Chapter 1, is at www.forestblood.com. (you can order there, too).
[The book's opening lines:]
My guess is that if you heard Bob Edwards say your name to ten million public radio listeners while you were taking your morning pee in a plastic hose, your heart would stop. It wasn’t that big a deal to me. That’s the truth. After what’s happened the last month and a half it almost felt like the start of another normal day.
Actually the day started about ten minutes earlier when the radio clicked and Bob said, "Good morning! President Clinton travels to Philadelphia today, the start of an eight-state campaign swing for Democratic candidates in next week’s Congressional election. I’m Bob Edwards, today is Monday, October 31, and this is NPR’s Morning Edition."
Bob’s theme swelled up into the trumpet fanfare that tugs me out of sleep at the same exact second of every weekday morning. Every single one. I cling to the habit by making sure the alarm stays set at 5 a.m. on the dot, the same as when I was logging.
Once years ago, on a soaking cold April morning as we drank burnt coffee in the Company truck and waited to see who’d make the first move towards a chainsaw, I was actually dumb enough to mention that I woke up to public radio every morning. For years after that nobody on the crew called me Jack...I was Ballet Boy, then for a while just "Double-B." Wouldn’t surprise me if a few comedians around town still call me that.